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AIM Certification Program

Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) focuses on welcoming, embracing, integrating, and supporting people with disabilities and their families in our congregations. Its sacred challenge for congregations is recognizing the humanity and gifts of all people. This program extends the efforts described in the document “Accessibility Guidelines for Unitarian Universalist Congregations (PDF)” by creating a certification program whereby congregations can be formally recognized for their commitment and progress.

AIM is a joint program of the Unitarian Universalist Association and EqUUal Access, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) organization working to enable the full engagement of people with disabilities and their families in our congregations. We gratefully acknowledge the influence of two Unitarian Universalist Association programs that were models: the Welcoming Congregation Programwhich focuses on making congregations more intentionally inclusive toward bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender persons, and the Green Sanctuary Program, which provides a framework for congregations and congregants to proclaim and live out their commitment to the Earth.

There are three phases to be certified as an AIM Congregation.

  1. Getting Started on the AIM Program
  2. Conducting Assessments and Creating Your AIM Plan
  3. Implementing Your AIM Plan

You will need to submit the paperwork packet for each phase to the AIM Administrator for approval before moving to the next phase.

To learn more about the AIM program, visit the following AIM web pages. Note: There are additional UUA web resources (not part of AIM) that can assist you in achieving AIM certification. Some of them are identified in the left margin.

AIM Information

To keep AIM manageable for the AIM Coordinating Committee and the AIM Review Teams—which are all volunteers – we have created standardized forms to be used by local AIM Teams from congregations that wish to seek certification as an AIM Congregation. We have also include here, handouts for some of the workshops, general information documents and links to additional pages with useful information.

AIM Information Pages

AIM Application Documents

AIM Workshop Handouts

Many more handout resources are included with the individual AIM Workshops.

Adult Education Ideas

General Resources

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